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David Sanborn: Stick Out Your Tongue

Read "David Sanborn: Stick Out Your Tongue" reviewed by Jim Worsley

It was a Sunday afternoon to remember for all of us. It was a most special day for a myriad of reasons. Multi Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sanborn was at the heart of it all. A big part of the story involves a little boy. An eleven year old named Isaac who plays the saxophone and idolizes Sanborn. He, not surprisingly, was elated to learn that he, along with his mom and my wife and I, was ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disbaility

Read "Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disbaility" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Shakin' All Over: Popular Music and Disability George McKay 230 pages ISBN: #978-0-472-05209-7 University of Michigan Press 2013 Given the vast quantities written about popular music culture it is perhaps surprising that so little critical space has been given to disability and popular music. Despite this anomaly, author George McKay, Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford, argues that there exist identifiable and powerful links between popular music and the “damaged" ...

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David Sanborn: Only Everything

Read "Only Everything" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Only Everything is alto saxophonist David Sanborn's second straight release paying homage to one of his greatest and earliest influences, Ray Charles. While some jazz purists may dismiss Sanborn as a slick TV personality and practitioner of smooth or pop jazz, he's always had firm roots in bluesy, R&B-based jazz, dating to his early days playing with the likes of Albert King and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. And along with his more commercially calculated recordings, he's released some excellent ...

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David Sanborn: Sound and Silence

Read "David Sanborn: Sound and Silence" reviewed by Jason Crane

Saxophonist David Sanborn is one of the most recognizable instrumentalists in modern music. From his many television appearances--on his own show, Night Music, and with David Letterman's band--to his popular records and tours, Sanborn is among the few names in jazz that non-jazzheads can recognize.

In 2008, Sanborn released Here & Gone (Decca, 2008), an album that pays tribute to saxophonist Hank Crawford, who was a key part of the Ray Charles band through many of its greatest ...

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David Sanborn: Here & Gone

Read "Here & Gone" reviewed by Andrew Velez

Alto saxophonist/flutist David Sanborn has been associated with everything from electronica, fusion and disco-tinged recordings to Svengali (Atlantic, 1973), a now-classic set he recorded with Gil Evans. Although he's acknowledged as having been influenced by Hank Crawford, Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, he's not easily categorizable. Other musical partners have been as diverse as Billy Butterfield early on in his career, to Stevie Wonder and The Brecker Brothers. For this set it's a typically diverse gathering of musicians.

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David Sanborn: Here & Gone

Read "Here & Gone" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It would not be hard to accuse Here & Gone of being commercially contrived. The disk features a 'prominent musician' playing duets with other prominent musicians. This is not exactly a new formula, but considering that the 'prominent musician' in question is David Sanborn--and that he duets with the likes of Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, and Wallace Roney--interest must be piqued at least a little.

Say the name Dave Sanborn, and the late baby boomer listener will immediately identify him ...

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David Sanborn: Here & Gone

Read "Here & Gone" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Whether contributing a solo for Steely Dan or backing up Maynard Ferguson, David Sanborn quickly made a name for himself as both a sideman and a bandleader more than three decades ago. And like a true musician, he keeps going and going. Sanborn journeys to the days of big bands and St. Louis clubs with Here & Gone. Sanborn effortlessly straddles the worlds of both pop and jazz. Among his contributions are the themes to Saturday Night Live ...

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David Sanborn: Closer

Read "Closer" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

David Sanborn may never again pack the wallop of his early solo career in the 1970s and '80s, but he's still a strong draw for many serious fusion fans and usually demonstrates enough innovation to keep things at least interesting.

Closer continues revisiting his early career styles in the vein of 2003's Timeagain, bringing the core of that album's band to this early 2005 release. It's full of possibilities, but doesn't quite achieve them, as the laid ...

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David Sanborn: Closer

Read "Closer" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

David Sanborn just keeps going and going. A voice that has remained at the forefront of contemporary jazz for three decades, Sanborn again demonstrates his staying power with Closer. He mixes old and new, offering two original tracks while covering some jazz classics and interpreting an endearing pop tune. Sanborn and his supporting cast pay tribute to such music legends as Horace Silver and James Taylor.The sense of open-minded adventurousness that's helped make Sanborn a musical icon is ...

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David Sanborn: Inside

Read "Inside" reviewed by Ian Nicolson

Since the days when he left his hometown St Louis to play for the Butterfield Blues Band during the sixties Blues boom in California, Sanborn has worked hard at staying top dog among the LA studio sessioneers - and succeeded.He has also commuted effortlessly between sophisticated Jazzpop solo albums stressing his distinctive alto tone and R'n'B roots, and the occasional full-ahead Jazz outing - like 1990's Another Hand, or Upfront a year or two later. This time he's ...

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David Sanborn: Songs From the Night Before

Read "Songs From the Night Before" reviewed by Dave Hughes

The new CD from David Sanborn was billed as a return his funky, contemporary style after his recent diversions into standards with strings ( Pearls ) and straight-ahead ( Another Hand ). However, I found this album to be different from most of his previous works in that it is more blues and R&B oriented. The tunes are all good, but they are all performed in the same dark, sultry, blues-drenched mid-tempo setting. I would have enjoyed a little more ...